Everyday Tips For Healthy Living: Eat at the Table
Posted Sep 14 2009 9:49am
Make it a rule of thumb to eat in a dedicated place and not while standing, driving, working or watching TV. From a “mindful eating” perspective, eating is its own activity. When we eat in a deliberate way, we are more able to pick up on our innate hunger cues: what we are hungry for, and when we become full and satisfied.
Eating becomes a mindless, unconscious act when we are multi-tasking, watching the road, or zoning out completely in front of the TV. Eating this way, we have little or no focus on how we are eating and how much we are eating… before we know it, a stomach ache is encroaching and the whole bag is gone.
Quick, convenient foods tend to be the choices here: snacks, crackers, chips, popcorn, candy. Sitting down helps us focus our attention on the food and company, and will naturally lead to more complex food choices.